WENATCHEE — The one-week hiatus in the Wenatchee Valley College volleyball team’s schedule is coming at a good time.
The Knights lost to Spokane in four sets Wednesday at Smith Gymnasium to knock their Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges East Region record to 1-4. They won’t play again until Wednesday, at home against Walla Walla.
“We haven’t had a lot of time to fine tune some things,” WVC coach Daria Winckler said after the Sasquatch’s 15-25, 25-13, 25-13, 25-12 win. “This (break) will give us a great opportunity to fine-tune and rest some injuries and minds. I’m hoping that when we come back out, we’ll all be ready to contribute. This is good timing for us.”
It’s good timing because the Knights, who have played most of the season with an eight-player roster (leaving just two reserves on the bench), looked sluggish after the first set Wednesday.
WVC made five errors in the second set, nine in the third and eight in the fourth. Spokane, meanwhile, committed a combined seven miscues in the last three sets.
The difference between the start of the match and the rest of it was stark.
“The momentum changed,” Winckler said. “Our communication dropped, we weren’t executing and we lacked energy.”
In the first set, though, the Knights played virtually flawlessly.
They committed just one error, and recorded 12 kills.
“We came out with energy,” Winckler said. “Our goals and strategies were fresh in our minds, and we came out and executed.”
Chancy Gill led the Knights with nine kills and added eight digs.
Spokane 1, WVC 0
Brian Clark’s goal in the 37th minute held up as the game-winner for visiting Spokane.
Antonio Madera made 15 saves for the Knights (2-5-2, 1-4-1).
Spokane 6, WVC 1
Spokane scored four times in the first half to take control of the match and keep host WVC winless.
London Cleverly scored for the Knights (0-9-0, 0-7-0) in the 23rd minute, assisted by Elida Leyva.